After opening the season with a record of 8-8-1, the Simpson Broncos won 12 of their final 14, including a 9-1 mark in District 5-B play.


After opening the season with a record of 8-8-1, the Simpson Broncos won 12 of their final 14, including a 9-1 mark in District 5-B play.
One of the major reasons for that late success was the performance of sophomore pitcher Jared Parker, who was selected as the Most Valuable Player in District 5-B by the coaches of the league.
Parker, who had a 9-3 record on the season, owned an impressive mark of 5-1 in district play, with the only loss coming to Hornbeck. He sported an earned run average of 2.61 in district, just a shade below of his season number of 2.93.
Simpson boss Todd Schulz was named the Coach of the Year in the district, leading the Broncos to a 20-10-1 record and an appearance in the state quarterfinals, where his squad fell to third-ranked Maurepas.
Four other Simpson Broncos received first-team all-district recognition, including senior catcher Kyle Myers, junior outfielder Kevin Martin, senior Kyle Busby and freshman Hunter Stephens.
Myers batted .444 in district play for the Broncos out of the leadoff spot and had a couple of doubles and a homer in league action, while Martin, who hit three home runs in the playoffs, was responsible for three doubles, a homer and a .483 batting average.
Busby, who led the team in homers with nine, was chosen as a first-teamer at utility, along with Stephens. Busby batted .346 and had four of those homers in district play, while Stephens batted .433 and had a total of six extra-base hits, four of which were doubles.
Five Fairview players were named first-team all-district, to go along with four from Hornbeck and three from Pitkin.
Junior pitcher Quade Pitts leads the Fairview contingent as he had a 2-2 record in district play with a 3.25 ERA.
Senior first baseman Steven Maxwell, sophomore third baseman Tyler Maddox, sophomore outfielder Josh Walker and sophomore utility man Keegan Gordon round it out for Fairview.
Maxwell was good for a .429 average in district play, while Maddox drove in 12 runs and batted .516 in league games. Walker batted .375 with 12 RBIs, while Gordon was good for three homers and a .344 average in the league.
Hornbeck landed pitcher Matt Alford, second baseman Braley Browning, outfielder Shannon Hale and sophomore catcher Allen Beaird on the team.
Alford, a sophomore had a 2-1 record in district for the Hornets, along with a 3.84 ERA, while Browning, another sophomore, batted .519 with 13 RBIs in league play. Beaird, a sophomore utility pick, batted .481 with 13 RBIs in 10 district games, while Hale, a junior outfielder, batted .519 with three homers and five doubles.
The Pitkin trio of senior Kendal Abel, sophomore Logan Johnson and sophomore Chris Jenkins close out the 5-B first team.
Abel went 1-3 in district play on the mound with a 6.10 ERA, while Johnson batted .462 with 19 RBIs and seven doubles while manning shortstop for the Tigers.
Jenkins, who pitched and played in the outfield, was an all-district pick at utility thanks to a .382 batting average. He also had five doubles and drove in eight runs.
The second-team pitching staff included Simpson sophomore Dustin Nash, Pitkin seventh-grader Garrett Lavergne, Evans' senior Scottie Biscamp and Singer sophomore Alex Kerbow.
Evans catcher Garrett Paddy, Simpson first baseman Lane Merriman, Simpson second baseman Hunter Woodham, Hornbeck third baseman Tylor Wilson and Fairview shortstop Hunter Dowies comprise the second-team infield, while Hornbeck's Shane Hale, Pitkin's Blake Cook and Fairview's Will Hollins made it as second-team outfielders.
The Singer duo of Cody Massie and Colton Pickering joined with Pitkin's Jared Thompson, Simpson's Kevin Ordoyne and Evans' Jacob Kay made it as second-team utility picks.